These DIY cardboard gift tags add a natural look to Christmas gifts and take only a few minutes to make with any cardboard you may have on hand.

cardboard mitten gift tags hung on a white gift box

Make Your Own Gift Tags For Free

Every Christmas, without fail, I forget to buy gift tags. For some reason, I always assume I have some left over from the one year that I did remember to stock up. Because supplies of everything are low in stores this year, when I finally dragged myself to Target this week, they were already completely sold out.

Necessity is the mother of all invention, and that is exactly how this cute little Christmas craft came about. I knew I wanted natural style gift tags, something with that sort of Scandinavian, minimalist feel to them. And so my cardboard cut-out gift tags were born.

Christmas tree and star cut outs from cardboard for gift tags

These are completely free to make! Isn’t that awesome? And I honestly think they look better than so many of the tacky gift cards available in stores!

How to Make Your Own DIY Christmas Gift Tags

You don’t really need a tutorial because these are beyond simple, but here it is anyway:

  • Draw: Draw up a design, either freehand or using something like a cookie cutter.
  • Cut: Cut out the gift tag shape as carefully as possible.
  • Decorate: Add some decorations and an outline with a white chalkboard marker.
  • Punch a Hole: Using a hole puncher, punch a hole and attach it to the gift with some string or ribbon.
Cardboard mitten gift tag with white marker decorations

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natural gift tags on white gift box for Christmas

DIY Christmas Cardboard Gift Tags

Yield: varies
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy


  • Cardboard 
  • White markers


  • Scissors
  • Hole punch


  1. Cut out desired shapes on cardboard
  2. Carefully cut out the shapes with a scissors
  3. Draw an outline around each shape and decorate with stripes, stars, dots or anything you please!
  4. Punch a hole in the top and string ribbon or decorative string through.

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  1. I am sitting here right now in a mound of boxes for recycling. Going to run to store for white marker!!!!! Fantastic idea – – – thank you!

    1. Jenna Shaughnessy says:

      Yay! I’d love for you to share with me on Instagram if you do!

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